The Meme Machine (Broché)

Susan Blackmore

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Humans are extraordinary creatures, with the unique ability to imitate, and so to copy from one another ideas, habits, skills, behaviours, inventions, songs, and stories. These are all memes, a term first coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. Memes, like genes, are replicators, competing to find space in our minds and cultures, and this enthralling book investigates the consequences. Confronting the deepest questions, from why humans have such big brains and language, to altruism, sex, and the Internet, Susan Blackmore makes a compelling case for the theory that even our inner conscious self and our sense of free will are illusions created by the memes for the sake of their own replication. 'Any theory deserves to be given its best shot, and that is what Susan Blackmore has given the theory of the meme... I am delighted to recommend her book.' RICHARD DAWKINS in his introduction 'It brings a sort of rigour to thinking about cultural change that has hitherto been lacking.' MATT RIDLEY, TLS 'vivid, informative, and sometimes downright charming. This is one of the rare popular science books that presents a new theory in lay terms white also postulating original ideas worthy of scholarly debate.' Library Journal 'remains the best introduction to memetics yet published.' The Sciences
    • Strange creatures
    • Universal Darwinism
    • The evolution of culture
    • Taking the meme's eye view
    • Three problems with memes
    • The big brain
    • The origins of language
    • Meme-gene coevolution
    • The limits of sociobiology
    • 'An orgasm saved my life'
    • Sex in the modern world
    • A memetic theory of altruism
    • The altruism trick
    • Memes of the New Age
    • Religions as memeplexes
    • Into the Internet
    • The ultimate memeplex
    • Out of the meme race.
  • Date de parution : 06/03/2000
  • Editeur : Oxford University Press
  • Collection : popular science
  • ISBN : 0-19-286212-X
  • EAN : 9780192862129
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 264 pages
  • Poids : 0.305 Kg
  • Dimensions : 12,8 cm × 19,6 cm × 1,7 cm

Biographie de Susan Blackmore

Susan Blackmore is a Reader in Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where she lectures on the psychology of consciousness. Dr Blackmore's research interests include near-death experiences, the effects of meditation, why people believe in the paranormal, evolutionary psychology, and the theory of memetics. She is the current Perrott-Warrick Researcher, studying psychic phenomena in borderline states of consciousness, and has received the Distinguished Skeptic's Award from CSICOP, the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. Susan Blackmore writes for several magazines, has an occasional column in the Independent newspaper, and is a frequent contributor and presenter on radio and television.
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